Whilst he’s always loved to write, early on, Seymour tinkered more with acting.
“At Trinity, after two years of dodging Players, I was asked to do a part. I got noticed and did a number of shows.”
Later, whilst working as a solicitor, he thought of becoming a professional actor.
“But I’m not able for bohemia. I wanted a house and a bed. I watched friends who had gone fulltime professional and they were suffering.”
Qualified as a solicitor at 21, Seymour worked for a couple of firms before settling with Allied Irish Bank. He stayed with them for the rest of his working life.
His urge to write started with the death of his father.
“I found his death profoundly devastating. And one of the things that shook me was that everything in his head had gone. He had not chosen to pass on his life in any shape, so all I had was my memory. I thought I had better write those memories down, for my children.”
He started with two of the strongest stories, Mending a Rib, and Opposing Escalators. Then he joined a creative writing group headed by Ferdia McAnna.
He’s also an award-winning amateur actor and director and has written eight pantomimes and a morality play.
Who is Seymour Cresswell
Date of birth: 1950 in Dalkey
Education: Glenstal Abbey. The High School (To fill a gap after Leaving Certificate.) Trinity College Dublin, Legal Studies.
Family: Wife Clare, Amy 29, Guy 26 and Hugh, 24.
The Day Job: Retired solicitor who writes, gardens, paints and sails.
In Another Life: “I’d be an artist/gardener. I would have loved to have gone to art college.”
Favourite Writers: Charles Dickens; Peter Carey; Patrick O’Brien; Evelyn Waugh; “And I’m a huge admirer of the Brontë’s.”
Second Book: “I have a strong desire to write more.”
Top Tip: “Sit down every day and write. It’s the only way.”
The Debut: A Present of an Orange. Coquette Publications: €13.48. Kindle: €4.56.
Featuring deathly encounters, social mayhem, adventures at sea, theatrical mishap, and the stresses of the inevitable parent child tensions, these sometimes humourous personal stories are full of insight and heart.
The Verdict: A lyrical collection, written with poignancy and affection.
Published in The Irish Examiner on 20th October
© Sue Leonard. 2018